Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, independent petroleum producer Stone Energy  (NYSE:SGY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Stone's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Stone facts

Headquarters (founded)

Lafayette, La. (1993)

Market Cap

$359.5 million


Independent Oil & Gas

Trailing-12-month revenue

$724 million


President/CEO David Welch

CFO Kenneth Beer

Compound annual revenue growth (over last five years)


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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 384 of the 404 members who have rated Stone -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star IBDvalueinvestin, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and DepthMigration.

Two weeks ago, IBDvalueinvestin tapped Stone as a rock-solid turnaround story:

The same fundamentals that drove it to $60 last year will do it again in next 3 years. There is no hope that Oil & Gas won't get back to 2008 highs, it's just a question of how fast will it occur. In the meantime you can look at [Stone] eps estimates and see that they have all been raised up dramatically within the last week.

In a pitch from last month, DepthMigration kindly updated Fools on Stone's recent find:

[Stone] has been beaten down severely, largely due to their debt load. Exploration success has been pretty dreadful over the past few years. However, the recent Pyrenees discovery in the Garden Banks area of the Gulf of Mexico is significant, and is likely to be larger than announced. In addition, Stone and partners have acquired a very material position nearby. Pyrenees, while not guaranteeing success of course, reduces risk on those additional prospects, with potentially very high reserve volumes.

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